How do you foster the development of aikido students?

GABE DIMARCO (Dojo-cho/Chief Instructor) - "The answer is simple but the administration is difficult. O-sensei said that aikido is about self-correction. We need to overcome our personal barriers or we will be in conflict with everything. So how do I foster this development? To help students overcome their barriers requires a higher level of awareness and a closer sensei-to-student relationship. With much patience and regular training, students can be guided to a higher level of awareness, both martial and self-awareness. Once a higher level of awareness is attained, the students will blossom and it will show itself in the physical. This again, is not easily attained but if the student is willing to put forth great effort, their barriers can be overcome. I have changed my way of teaching. In the past, I would give much detail in teaching a technique but as I watched the student progress, weeks and months, I would notice that there was no improvement in their techniques....
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Interview with Fran Turner Sensei

JM: How did you come to choose aikido? FT: I wouldn't exactly call it a choice. I had seen aikido several years before I started practicing. When my ex-husband was interested in starting a martial art, he checked out aikido, judo, and a couple of karate schools before he finally tried karate for a while and then became a deeply committed judoka. He'd been practicing judo for quite a long period of time. When we were living in Denmark I became very interested in Zen Buddhism. I'd been doing a lot of reading about zen and Zen Buddhism. It fascinated me, but none of the books gave me any ideas to how one practiced. I was telling Jim about this and he said "Well, you know, they have aikido at the dojo where I practice, and there's supposed to be some kind of connection between aikido and zen". It seemed like the best lead that I had going. Sensei Torben KreigsbaumAnyway, I went to my...
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